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The Trace’s Philadelphia bureau is part of our local journalism initiative, which seeks to cover gun violence at the community level with the full participation of those most affected by the crisis. We are doing that through a mix of stories and engagement journalism. Here, you’ll find coverage from Mensah M. Dean, a veteran Philly reporter who was recently a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and engagement reporter Afea Tucker, a native Philadelphian and longtime contributor to The Philadelphia Tribune.

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This work is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation, The Levi Strauss Foundation, and the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. You can view a list of The Trace's funders here, and read our editorial independence policy here.